Press Releases & Statements

March 23, 2017

Cardin, Portman, Roskam, and Vargas Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Reject Attempts to Economically Isolate Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and U.S. Representatives Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) announced Thursday the introduction of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, legislation to further combat the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Over the past several years, a growing number of countries have sought to isolate and delegitimize Israel through BDS actions. Last year, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) targ… Continue Reading


March 23, 2017

Cardin and Senate Colleagues Deliver Warning to Speaker Ryan, House Republicans: We're Not Going to Help You Erode Healthcare Coverage

WASHINGTON-As the House of Representatives prepares to vote on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and her Senate colleagues sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan warning that he will not have their support for further repeal legislation as outlined in the Speaker's "three phase" plan. As part of their campaign to secure votes for passage in the House, Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump have assured certain Republican House members that legislation … Continue Reading


March 23, 2017

Cardin Praises FBI, Intelligence Community for Swift Arrest in Threats Against Jewish Community Centers and Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement in response to the arrest of an Israeli man for making threats to Jewish institutions across the U.S. and other countries, including Jewish day schools and community centers in Maryland. "My sincere than… Continue Reading


March 23, 2017

Young & Cardin Lead Letter To Secretary Tillerson Calling For Urgent Diplomatic Campaign To Prevent Millions From Starving To Death

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Todd Young (R-IN) led and delivered a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for an urgent and comprehensive diplomatic effort to address political obstacles in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen that are preventing humanitarian aid from being delivered to people who desperately need it. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), helped lead the letter, which was also signed by eight ot… Continue Reading


March 23, 2017

Cardin Highlights Importance Of U.S.-Costa Rica Relations, Recognizes Costa Rica’s Strategic Role As Democratic Partner In Western Hemisphere

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, entered the following statement into the Congressional Record this week to recognize Costa Rica's strategic role as a democratic partner in the Western Hemisphere: "Mr. President: I rise today to recognize the productive partnership between the United States and Costa Rica. I recently had the chance to meet with President Guillermo Solis and I can attest that this is a bilateral relationsh… Continue Reading


March 22, 2017

Senators Fight to Save Small Business Jobs in Economically Challenged Rural and Urban Areas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, has joined with Committee Chair Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), to introduce a bill that improves the Historically Underutilized Business Zone Empowerment Contracting (HUBZone) program and helps small businesses rebuild, revitalize and invest in distressed communities across t… Continue Reading


March 22, 2017

Cardin Roundtable Spotlights Importance of Repeated Judicial Rejections of Trump’s Proposed Muslim Bans

SILVER SPRING, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) recently joined several organizations focused on providing support to immigrants and refugees at HIAS headquarters to discuss the illegality and potentially devastating effects of President Trump's proposed travel and immigration bans, which have been legally challenged by HIAS and others and rejected by multiple federal courts, including the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. "Despite minor changes, the Trump Administration's … Continue Reading


March 22, 2017

Cardin, Bipartisan Senators Introduce Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), along with Senators John Boozman (R-Ark.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), have introduced the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act. The bipartisan legislation would provide local communities with increased flexibility when complying with Clean Water Act requirements for updates to water infrastructure projects. The bill would also give communities more autonomy as … Continue Reading


March 22, 2017

Cardin Lauds Nevada Vote to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment; Cardin ERA Measure Would Mean Just Two More States Needed to Guarantee Women Equality in Our Constitution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) praised legislators in Nevada for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) 45 years to the day after Congress passed the ERA. "Nevada has moved us closer to ensuring that the Constitution of the United States of America guarantees full and equal protection for women. Congress must act now to remove the unnecessary deadline for the ERA, opening the door for just two more states to carry us through to full ratification. "Most Americans are shocked … Continue Reading


March 22, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, Delaney Introduce Resolution Honoring Henrietta Lacks

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen joined Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and John Delaney (all D-MD) in introducing a resolution honoring Henrietta Lacks for her contributions to medical research as part of Women's History Month. Lacks, an African-American woman, died of cervical cancer in 1951. For more than six decades, her cells have been used by medical researchers in some of medicine's most important breakthroughs, includin… Continue Reading


March 22, 2017

Statement By Cardin & McCain On Injury Of Magnitsky Family Lawyer Nikolai Gorokhov In Russia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on news accounts that Nikolai Gorokhov, the lawyer who has assisted the family of tortured and slain Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, was injured after being thrown from his apartment building in Moscow: "We are deeply disturbed by reports indicating that Nikolai Gorokhov, the… Continue Reading


March 22, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings and Delaney Reintroduce Healthy Families Act to Allow Workers to Earn Paid Sick Days

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, as well as Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Delaney (all D-Md.), have joined colleagues in both houses of Congress to reintroduce the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to use when they are sick, to care for a loved one, to obtain preventative care, or to address the impacts of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault. "Today 41 million Americans must choose between going to wor… Continue Reading


March 20, 2017

Cardin, Lugar Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former U.S. Senator Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following joint statement Monday after the U.S. Department of Interior announced the United States would effectively leave the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global standard to promote open and accountable management of oil and gas mineral resources: "W… Continue Reading


March 20, 2017

Senators Urge Continued U.S. Support For Unity, Stability In Iraq

WASHINGTON - As Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi visits Washington, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter to President Donald J. Trump urging continued U.S. support to foster unity and stability in Iraq. In addition to Corker and Cardin, the letter was signed by Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jeanne Shaheen… Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Senators Call For Investigation Of Sebastian Gorka After Reports Surface Of Ties To Neo-Nazi Group

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today called on the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to investigate whether senior White House counterterrorism advisor Dr. Sebastian Gorka falsified his U.S. naturalization application by failing to disclose his membership in a Hungarian neo-Nazi organization. According to the Forward, leaders of the Historical Vitézi Rend have identified Dr. Gorka as a member of the organizat… Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump’s Proposed Cuts to State Dept., Foreign Assistance Budgets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after President Trump proposed slashing State Department and foreign programming in his budget preview to Congress: "I am deeply disappointed and dismayed to find out that despite the concerns raised by bipartisan Members of Congress and even by his own Secretary of State, President Trump appears determined to gut U.S. national security by slashing th… Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Senators Urge Appropriators to Reject President Trump’s Dangerous Cuts to Bay Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators representing the Chesapeake Bay Watershed blasted President Trump's budget released Thursday that would zero out funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program and severely cut funding for other core programs to maintain and restore the health of the Bay, which is an economic lifeline for the region. Led by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Joe Ma… Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Invite President Trump to Visit NIH, Urge Him to Reverse Call for $6B in Cuts

WASHINGTON - In response to his budget blueprint, which cuts $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have written to President Trump inviting him to visit NIH to see for himself the life-saving working being done in nearby Bethesda. The letter, found below, urges the president to reverse his budget cuts so that the United States can maintain its global scientific dominance. March 17, 2017 President Donald J. Trump… Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Cardin Joins Colleagues In Calling For Investigation Of Sebastian Gorka After Reports Surface Of Ties To Neo-Nazi Group

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined his colleagues U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today in calling on the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to investigate whether senior White House counterterrorism advisor Dr. Sebastian Gorka falsified his U.S. naturalization application by failing to disclose his membership in a Hungarian neo-Nazi organization. According to the Forward, leaders of the Historical Vitézi Rend have identified Dr. Go… Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Sen. Cardin: President Trump’s Budget Makes Us Less Safe In Every Way

Donald J. Trump talked a big game on the campaign trail about keeping America safe. But the budget preview he released today will make us less safe by slashing the very agencies tasked with preserving peace and stability around the world and keeping the world's problems from arriving at our doorsteps - the State Department and USAID - by a devastating 36 percent. A "national security budget," as Mr. Trump referred to it previously, that makes catastrophic cuts to some of America's most critical … Continue Reading

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